Concert noise: All the "Inns" and outs of balancing profits, decibels

Posted Online: Aug. 08, 2014, 10:25 pm
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By Leon Lagerstam,
SILVIS -- City leaders and a bar and grill owner seek to balance decibel readings and profit margins.

Outdoor concerts at The Doc's Inn, 985 Avenue of the Cities, Silvis, have drawn some neighborhood complaints about noise levels.

Owner John Stopoulos said he has received a couple of complaints from people since the restaurant opened 2 1/2 years ago, and the city has had less than 10 complaints in that time, city administrator Jim Grafton and city clerk Jim Nelson said.

The men met Friday to discuss a possible solution and to review steps underway to address the situation.

Mr. Grafton, Mr. Nelson and Mr. Stopoulos said they would be happy to meet with complainants to discuss concerns.

Plans to expand the business may offset some of the problems, Mr. Stopoulos said. Plans call for building an event center capable of accommodating about 400 people and a classic vehicle showroom, he said.

The $1.5 million project would expand the bar, and the restaurant "will add a brand everyone will recognize," Mr. Stopoulos said, declining to be more specific.

He hopes construction is finished by March and said then some concerts will move indoors.

"But I'm not going to say we will have no more outdoor events in the future, especially during the John Deere Classic," Mr. Stopoulos said.

The Doc's Inn has held eight to 10 concerts a year since it opened and still has three to four left this season, Mr. Stopoulos said.

Concerts have raised about $40,000 for charities, including Viva Quad-Cities, Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, United Township High School's band, the American Legion, youth football, and the firefighters who died in Arizona wildfires, he said.

Outdoor concerts obviously are good for business, Mr. Stopoulos said. "And the majority of the community loves them."

"From the city's standpoint, we will continue to support John in his venture and still be responsive to our citizens and their complaints," Mr. Grafton said.

"Before this was here, it had been a farm, and we used to get complaints about the smell," he said. "I would rather deal with noise complaints than smell."

Mr. Nelson said a recent transfer of part of Avenue of the Cities in front of the restaurant from the Illinois Department of Transportation to the city will allow the city to lower speed limits and install a new drive entrance to ease traffic concerns.


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